A series of soundscape compositions, based on edited but unprocessed field recordings.
Against the flow, we prosper. 8:30 mins; featuring sound recordings made by Lynn Davy. Performed at the Sound Cafe event, Jedburgh, November 26 2005. This piece was compiled from sound recordings made in the town of Peebles (Scottish Borders) during 1994.
Bird hide A short piece featuring recordings made within a bird hide, in Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire, one of the UK’s oldest nature reserves. The piece was released on the ‘A Call for Silence’ CD produced by the Sonic Arts Network in 2004.
Glow worm hunt. Recorded at Badbury Rings, Dorset (10 pm, July 26th, 2003). This short piece was featured on the earshot4 CD produced by UKISC, on architectural soundmarks.
Notou. Montane rainforest, Mont Koghi, New Caledonia, at dawn, 5th April, 2004. (Binauaral recording). I recorded these sounds at dawn, having camped in the rain forest overnight, and was astonished to hear the sonorous, booming sound featured on this recording. I thought at first that it was an enormous frog, but I later found out that it is the call of the notou (Ducula goliath), an endemic pigeon – in fact the largest pigeon in the world. Featured on the earshot5 CD produced by UKISC, on disappearing soundmarks.
Reindeer camp. January 2006. Produced for ‘Music, art and climate change’ http://www.furthernoise.org/. This brief piece features a field recording made on 2nd January, 2006, at the site of the Reindeer Camp at Hengistbury Head, Dorset. This is one of the largest Palaeolithic sites in Britain, and is the place where hunting communities gathered, camped and produced flint tools together around 12,500 years ago. The recording features a conversation with my eight-year-old son, Arthur.
Resonant Cambridge A 30 minute composition composed for the Drift Festival, and broadcast over the web during 2004 as part of their ‘Resonant cities’ theme. The piece features field recordings made in Cambridge over a two-year period. The piece is structured as a geographical journey through the city along different travel links, which interconnect in both space and time. Released on the Drift CD.
Rural machines. December 2006. 1. Seaton Tramway, Devon, April 2006. 2. Dorset Steam Fair, Blandford, September 2006. Released on CD-R ‘Location study’, a collection of field recordings and found sound. Dirtydemos 2007 www.dirtydemos.co.uk